Paula Abdul says goodbye to 'American Idol'

"I'll miss nurturing all the new talent, but most of all being a part of a show that I helped from day one become an international phenomenon," Abdul wrote on her Twitter page.

Abdul's contract expired after the eight season in May this year and she was negotiating a new deal with Fox to stay with the show, Los Angeles Times reported.

It is said that show's host Ryan Seacrest recently signed a deal paying him USD 10 million starting form 2010 and sources said that Abdul wanted a similar paycheck from Fox. She was earning between USD 2-4 million a year and wanted a raise, people close to her said.

However, Fox was not willing to go beyond USD 5 million a year for three years.

Fox and the two companies that produce "American Idol," FremantleMedia, North America and 19 Entertainment, issued a joint  statement, saying, "Paula Abdul has been an important part of the 'American Idol' family over the last eight seasons and we are saddened that she has decided not to return to the show. While Paula will not be continuing with us, she's a tremendous talent and we wish her the best."

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